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Edwidge Danticat- Recognized for her revolutionary novel Breath, Eyes and Memory (1993), Edwidge Danticat is a renowned Haitian-born author and celebrated as a favorite in Oprah’s Book Club. Her colorfully written illustration of the sorrows of migrating to a new world, poverty and horrific memories has won her numerous awards. Danticat has won numerous awards including MacArthur Genius Award, the American Book Award and Woman of Achievement Award. What most fans may not realize is that she started writing about her life at the tender age of nine, later pursuing her love for writing and completing her BA in French Literature at Barnard College and MFA at Brown University, soon after releasing her second novel Krik? Krak! (1996).y.
François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture), also Toussaint Bréda, Toussaint-L'Ouverture (May 20, 1743 – April 6, 1803) was the leader of the Haitian Revolution. Born in Saint-Domingue, Toussaint led enslaved blacks in a long struggle for independence over French colonizers, abolished slavery, and secured "native" control over the colony, Haiti. In 1797 while nominally governor of the colony, he expelled the French commissioner Léger-Félicité Sonthonax, as well as the British armies, invaded Santo Domingo to free the slaves there, and wrote a Constitution naming himself governor-for-life that established a new polity for the colony.
Gerald Maxwell Rivera(born May 23, 1973), better known by the mononym Maxwell, is an American R&B artist. He played an important role in the development of the soul sub-genre, neo-soul. Maxwell was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father was Pentecostal and raised in Vieques, Puerto Rico. His mother grew up in a devout Baptist household in Haiti.
Hurby "Lovebug" Azor- hip hop music producer, best known for discovering the successful female hip-hop trio Salt-n-Pepa and the also successful hip-hop duo Kid 'n Play. Hurby would also go on to produce Dana Dane, Sweet Tee, Kwamé, and others. Hurby wrote and performed in Salt-N-Pepa's music video for "Push It", on keyboards and back vocals, and also wrote the duo's song "Let's Talk About Sex."
Jacques Jiha is an Executive Vice President , Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of Earl G. Graves, Ltd., a multi-media company that includes Black Enterprise magazine. In this role he sets the company’s financial directions and goals as well as oversee the magazine’s production; the television and radio division, and the operations, human resources, and MIS departments.
Prior to that, Jiha was Deputy Comptroller for Pension Investment and Public Finance in the Office of the New York State Comptroller. As the state’s chief investment officer, he managed the assets of the New York Common Retirement Fund (CRF) – the nation’s second-largest pension fund then valued at $120 billion.
Jamie Hector: A Haitian-American actor who has had a countless number of roles in both television and the big screen, was labeled "the coming King of Hollywood" after his scene stealing role as Marlo Stanfield on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire. Jamie grew up in Brooklyn, NY and knowing first hand the difficult choices kids face growing up in the inner-city, he co-founded Moving Mountains Inc., a community-based organization that works to teach dramatic skills, while also providing academic, health and counseling assistance. Today Jamie can be found on NBC's prime time hit-series HEROES, continually staying active mentoring youth with his Moving Mountains organization and helping earn money for victims of the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
Jean-Claude La Marre is a Haitian-American writer, director, and film and television actor. His film credits include Malcolm X, Dead Presidents, and Go For Broke. On television, he has guest-starred on New York Undercover, Law & Order, and NYPD Blue. La Marre's most recent work is Color of the Cross, a film that portrays Jesus Christ as a black man, and implies that Christ's persecution was a racially-motivated hate crime.
Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist. His career in art began as a graffiti artist in New York City in the late 1970s, and in the 1980s produced Neo-expressionist painting.
Dr. Jeff Gardere- a popular psychologist, author, talk show host and jazz musician, is one of the most widely sought-after experts in his field. His first book, Smart Parenting for African-Americans: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Difficult World has been lauded as being "necessary for raising African-American children in today's society. He has appeared on a host of television shows including Oprah, to speak about fathers having more of an emotionally nurturing role in their children's lives. Most recently Gardere was the host and resident therapist on VH1's Dad Camp.
Joel Dreyfuss currently serves as the Managing Editor of The Root and brings more than 35 years of experience as a journalist, editor and news executive. He has been editor-in-chief of Red Herring and Information Week, editor of PC Magazine, executive editor of Black Enterprise, a senior writer at Bloomberg Markets and editor-in-chief of Urban Box Office, an Internet startup.
Josmer Volmy "Jozy" Altidore is a Haitian-American soccer player currently playing for Villarreal of the Spanish Primera Division and for the United States national team. Altidore made his professional debut in 2006 at the age of 16 with the New York Red Bulls. Altidore has represented the U.S. on various levels of international competition, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Altidore was born in Livingston, New Jersey and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. His parents were both born in Haiti. Altidore pays tribute to his heritage by wearing a wristband bearing both flags of Haiti and the United States during his games. Source: Wikipedia
Marvin Bernard (born on March 31, 1978),better known by his stage name Tony Yayo, is an American rapper and member of the hip hop group G-Unit. Tony Yayo was brought up in South Jamaica, Queens, and was longtime friends with 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks. He is signed to 50 Cent's record label G-Unit Records and recently signed a deal with EMI which will release his second untitled album. He is also running his own label G-Unit Philly. He is of Haitian descent and is taking part in the aid to the Haitian people since the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Yayo has worked with different charities and events in support of the relief efforts.
Patrick Gaspard currently serves as the Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs for the Obama administration and is the first Haitian-American to serve in this capacity. Prior to this position, Gaspard served on the advisory board for President Barack Obama’s transition team. During the presidential campaign Mr. Gaspard served as Mr. Obama’s National Political Director.
Prior to working at the White House, Gaspard served for nine years as the Executive Vice President for Politics and Legislation for the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East labor Union, the largest local union in America.
Patrick R. Gaston is president of the Verizon Foundation, one of the 15 largest corporate foundations in America, overseeing an annual budget of $75 million and a corpus of approximately $249 million. He is responsible for philanthropic strategy, grant-making and initiatives in the foundation’s issues areas of education and literacy, family safety and health, and employee volunteerism.
Patrick is the architect of the Foundation’s signature program for education and literacy, Verizon Thinkfinity.org, which provides free online lessons and learning resources for teachers, students of all ages, parents of school age children and afterschool programs.
Ralph Gille-Haitian American automobile designer is currently the President and CEO of the Dodge Car Brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler Group LLC. Gilles designed the 2005 Chrysler 300cBorn in New York City to Haitian immigrants, Gilles started drawing cars as a toddler. He joined Chrysler right out of college and rose to Chrysler's top design spot last year, overseeing Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles.
Amid Detroit's woes, Gilles has produced bestsellers, most notably the Chrysler 300C (a.k.a. the baby Bentley).
Samuel Davis Dalembert (born May 10, 1981) is a Haitian Canadian professional basketball player who plays center for the NBA's Sacramento Kings. Dalembert began playing in Montreal, Quebec and played college basketball at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, United States. Dalembert is known for his excellent shot blocking ability; he averages around two blocks per game, placing him among the league's elite in this category. He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and lived there for fourteen years before moving to Montreal. After playing 8 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes during the 2010 offseason.
Sha Money XL- currently the Senior VP of A&R at Def Jam Records. The Haitian-American record producer helped bring rapper 50 Cent to the mainstream and served as the president of G-Unit Records for many years. Sha Money XL produced numerous tracks for 50 Cent including "Poor Lil Rich", "Beg For Mercy", and "This Is 50". He also produced singles for other artists including Slim Thug, Cormega, Snoop Dogg, Paul Wall, Juvenile, Scarface and four tracks from a 2Pac album, Pac's Life.
Shakim Compere-Shakim Compere is co-head (with Queen Latifah) of Flavor Unit Entertainment. Originally a record label and management company that worked with hip hop artists like Naughty By Nature, Faith Evans and Outkast, Flavor Unit is now primarily a film production company. In its new incarnation, the company has executive- and co-produced several hit films, including Beauty Shop, Bringing Down the House, Perfect Christmas and The Cookout.
Honorable Sybil Elias is the first Haitian-American Judge for the East Orange and Irvington Municipal Courts in New Jersey. A former Assistant Prosecutor of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Elias solidified her commitment to serving the community. Prior to her position as assistant prosecutor, Judge Elias served as law clerk to the Hon. Irvin B. Booker, J.S.C., the Honorable Harold Fullilove, J.S.C., and the Honorable Donald Goldman, J.S.C. Upon Judge Booker’s retirement, Judge Elias co-founded the Honorable Irvin B. Booker Scholarship Fund benefiting college bound high school seniors from the greater-Newark.
DJ Whoo Kid (born Yves Ceac in Brooklyn, NY) is a hip hop DJ and of Haitian descent raised in Queens Village, NY but with strong roots to Cap-Haitien, Haiti. He is currently signed to G-Unit Records and its subsidiary label, Shady Ville Entertainment. He is the host of Hollywood Saturdays on Sirius/XM Radio, and in March 2009 he launched the video website RadioPlanet.tv.
Wyclef Jean -(born October 17, 1969) is a Haitian musician, record producer and politician. At age nine, Jean moved to the United States with his family and has spent much of his life in the country. He first received fame as a member of the acclaimed New Jersey hip hop group, the Fugees. On August 5, 2010, Jean filed for candidacy in the 2010 Haitian presidential election.,although the Electoral Commission subsequently ruled him ineligible to stand as he had not met the requirement to have been resident in Haiti for five years.
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